By page three of the introduction to Everything Changes, I wanted not only to devour the rest of the book, but I wanted to call Kairol up, get to know her, and (if we weren't both already married) see if I could sleep with her. Then the book got really good. It is, without doubt, the most forthright, emotionally sophisticated, and plain-old valuable book of its kind I've seen. The book defines and exemplifies what the verb 'fight' really means: to arm, prepare, and engage in sustained effort to gain a desired end. If that's your mission, this is your instruction manual.
—Evan Handler, actor and author of Time On Fire and It's Only Temporary: The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive (and a guy who got well from acute myeloid leukemia in 1985)
On a shoestring budget and with tape recorder in hand, Kairol Rosenthal emerged from treatment and hit the road in search of other twenty- and thirtysomething cancer survivors. From the Big Apple to the Bible Belt, she dusted the sugarcoating off of the young adult cancer experience, exposing the gritty and compelling stories of twenty-five complete strangers. The men and women in Everything Changes confess their most vulnerable moments, revealing cancer experiences they never told anyone else—everything from what they thought about at night before going to bed to what they wish they could tell their lovers but were too afraid to.
With irreverent flare and practical wisdom, Everything Changes includes stories, how-to resources, and expert advice on issues that are important for young adult cancer patients, including:
- Dating and sex
- Medical insurance and the healthcare system
- Faith and spirituality
- Employment and career
- Fertility and adoption
- Friends and family
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments.
Chapter 1: Ramenomics.
Resources: Health Insurance and Financial Guidance.
Chapter 2: When G-d Things Happen To Sick People.
Resources: Spiritual Questions, Critical Paperwork.
Chapter 3: Single.
Resources: Dating, Cancer Sex Ed, Body Image, Relationships.
Chapter 4: Human Spectacles.
Resources: Clinical Trials, Family Matters.
Chapter 5: Malignant and Indignant.
Resources: Employment Issues, Peer Support.
Chapter 6: Something in the Air.
Resources: Cancer and the Environment, Building Support Systems.
Chapter 7: Mortality Bites.
Resources: ‘Out’ Patient, End-of-Life Issues.
Chapter 8: The Myth of Eternal Optimism.
Resources: Emotional Support, Coping With Pain.
Chapter 9: It Girl.
Resources: Young Adult Caregivers, Student Life.
Chapter 10: The Fix.
Resources: Working the System.
Chapter 11: Off The Map.
Resources: Alternative Medicine, Body and Mind.
Chapter 12: Naked In the Streets.
Resources: Making a Difference.
Chapter 13: Fluke.
Resources: Conducting Research, Fertility and Adoption.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
this book really helped me when i needed it most. it's a useful book for any young person dealing with cancer
If you are a young adult (20's or 30's) or someone close to a young adult who is diagnosed with Cancer you must read this book! It doesn't matter what type, stage or treatment you are or will be undergoing just please pick this book up. In addition to the great number of resources and practical tips that are essential to navigating the bureaucratic health care system, there are wonderful, gritty stories about what it is really like to live with Cancer. As someone who was diagnosed this past Fall and is going through treatment, it was amazing to see that I am not the only one having all the feelings, frustrations, happiness, spirituality, anger, questions about relationships, etc... that are explored in this book. PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND READ THIS BOOK ASAP!
I couldn't put this book down. And no, it's not just for cancer patients. While I do connect the stories of the patients interviewed here with the experiences of my friends who have cancer, the book is also about navigating health and unexpected setbacks, about living intentionally, about struggle and survival. Plus it's a great read full of compelling real voices.